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Much of the hard work that went into the design of Sear isn't in plain sight, reveals Christopher Lim, its director. Located on the 45th storey of Singapore Land Tower, the modern American steakhouse occupies a space that was once filled with boardrooms and office cubicles, and much of the challenge was to convert the office unit into a restaurant that was comfortable for both customers and staff.

Managed by Hidden Door Concepts, Sear is part of a new dining and nightlife concept named 50RP, which inhabits the building's top two floors. The glass penthouse setting offers a 360-degree view of the cityscape, and Sear's sheltered al fresco seating area overlooks the magnificent Marina Bay area. While the view outside is breathtaking both during the day and night (Sear has lunch and dinner menus), the restaurant's interior is quite a spectacle itself.

The unit's awkward layout required the design team to create two different dining experiences under one roof.

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Image: Sear

The area nearest to the main entrance is anchored by the solid wood bar-height communal table and banquette seating that follows the curves of the tall windows; further in, the focal points shift to the stately chesterfild sofas upholstered in distressed leather. "As we're mainly serving the business district, this place had to have a solid feel. Something masculine and at the same time comfortable – whether you're in a suit or a polo tee," Christopher surmises.

The furniture choices, redolent of a bygone era, are complemented by contrasting elements such as industrial light fittings and an energetic abstract artwork by haruki Ogawa, which gives this dining spot its unique flavour.

With a menu that boasts premium meat, fresh seafood, and decadent desserts, and a location that's grandiose to say the least, Sear is a must-visit for meat and design lovers alike.

Sear is located at #45-01 Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place, tel: 6221-9555.